Hello everybody. I hope everyone is making it through the heat okay!
Fit. Being fit. Getting fit. At what point is a person fit? What quantifies being fit? Can a person who looks fit, be unfit? Fitness is an overused word. Fitness classes… fitness studios.. functional fitness…. cardio fitness… a little confusing right? Is someone who runs 10k five days per week, fit? You may be surprised that the answer could be no.
In order for someone to be truly fit, it’s not just about doing cardio and it’s not just about lifting weights. True physical fitness means doing exercise that works your cardio respiratory system, muscular endurance and strength, flexibility and maintaining a healthy body composition. If you are lacking in one of these things, then you cannot truly call yourself fit.
We can sometimes get away with only working parts of our overall fitness when we are young; in our teens, twenties, even our thirties. But as we get older, it becomes more and more apparent in our quality of life if we are not maintaining our overall fitness. Activities of daily living (going to get groceries, taking the stairs, walking to the corner store, playing with our kids/grandkids and even brushing our hair) become more difficult as we age especially if we aren’t maintaining our fitness and overall health.
Is your fitness routine giving you everything you need? Or are you only working parts of a fitness routine?
Come back to read part 2 of “What is being fit?” to find out the benefits of a well rounded fitness routine and how you can make sure you are getting everything you can from your workout.